|Volume LVIII||August 2011||Number 3|
Incentive to Give So Others May Live
Last year, the Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Club of Pennsylvania (Masonic Blood Donor Club) began a new program to encourage members to get involved in its mission to save lives: "We give that others may live."
With funds accumulated over the last 20 years through voluntary contributions from club members and various supportive blue lodges, the club devised a charitable incentive for various levels of participation in organizing a blood drive. It works like this:
"This incentive encourages our Masonic bodies not only to collect blood to save lives, but also to invite the public to see what Masons are doing, tour our beautiful facilities and ask, 'How do I become a member?' or 'How does my husband become a member?'" said Bro. Norm Fox, President of the Masonic Blood Donor Club.
The program has already seen success. Last year alone, the club donated approximately $100,000 to various Masonic charities, which equates to 10,000 units of blood collected through drives that were eligible for the incentive. (This does not include blood collected through a drive sponsored by the blood club alone.) According to the American Red Cross, each unit of blood collected helps four patients, which means that more than 40,000 people were helped through the Masonic Blood Donor Club in 2010.
The Masonic Blood Donor Club has approximately 30,100 members, almost 17,000 of which are widows. Every Masonic member who donates blood or has a substitute donate for him, becomes a member of the Masonic Blood Donor Club for life. Should any member, or any of his/her family living under the same roof, have a need, he/she will never have to pay for blood anywhere in the world.
For more information on how to join or to organize a blood drive, visit www.pagrandlodge.org/programs/donor.
2,500..not nearly enough
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